Angela Cabrera

This year we are dedicating our Gala to "Angie" for her lifetime commitment to us and to the Puerto Rican Family Institute.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, of Puerto Rican parents, Ms. Cabrera received a bachelors degree from Marymount Manhattan College and taught at Cornell University Extension of Labor Relations. From 1972 to 1974 she was a staff assistant to the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Director of Minority & Women's Business Division. One of her most memorable assigments was traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to assist in funeral arrangements for the late Martin Luther King. 


From 1975 to 1985 she was appointed by New York State Governor Hugh L. Carey as Assistant Deputy Director of the Women’s Division at the Executive Chamber, where she worked for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. She was later appointed by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo as Assistant Deputy Director of N.Y. State’s Department of Economic Development’s Minority & Women’s Business Division a position she held for ten years, from 1985 to 1995.


Prior to that, from 1955 to 1965, Ms. Cabrera worked in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico's Tourism Office in New York and was assigned secretary to the first elected Governor of Puerto Rico, Governor Luis Muñoz Marín, when he came on official visits to New York and Washington, D.C. She was also assigned to work with the organizers of the Casals Festival, which is still celebrated each year in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


She is presently President of Angela Cabrera & Associates, a business and special events, public relations firm.


Ms. Cabrera is a former President of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Family Institute and founding member of the Hope for Families and Children Foundation. Her extensive volunteer and community work include work as a board member/trustee of many not-for-profit organizations, among them: El Museo del Barrio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boricua Festival, San Juan Bautista Committee, One Hundred Hispanic Women, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Luminous Vision, American Bible Society, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Prospect Park Alliance, and National Conferance of Puerto Rican Women. 


She has been the recipient of numerous honors including City Hall special recognition in 2006 during Women's History Month and as a member of NYC Equal Employment Practices Commission since 1998.